An artist’s portrait of her friend has won the 2019 Bendigo Bank Port Lincoln Art Prize at the awards night at the Nautilus Theatre on Thursday night.
More than 150 people attended this year’s award night which featured 64 entries of different disciplines from 46 artists, including from as far as Elliston and Streaky Bay.
Port Lincoln artist Emma Fuss was named the 2019 winner of the $5000 art prize for her oil on panel piece ‘Sally’.
The portrait features Sally McIntyre, who posed for the painting.
Mrs Fuss said she almost did not make it to the ceremony as she had departed from Kangaroo Island at 7:30am.
She said she wanted to create a “thoughtful and imaginative” portrait and the win would prompt her to do more portraits in the future.
“Sally is a really great friend of mine and I love painting creative women,” she said.
“It’s definitely a confidence boost, this gives me more inclination to do more portraits and expand my practice.”
Mrs Fuss will have her first exhibition for the year at the 2019 SALT Festival.
The $1000 Port Lincoln City Council Highly Commended award went to Elliston artist Todd Romanowycz for ‘Just Another Still Life’.
Dave Trengove won the $500 Call Me the Breeze Local Artist award for his piece ‘Doing It Tough!’ and Hanger’s Choice went to Christina Atkinson for ‘Susan’.
Open category merits went to James Prentice for ‘Untitled’ and Elizabeth Hammond for ‘Not Just Older Ladies’.
In the youth category Decklan Males won the $500 Port Lincoln Rotary Youth Award for ‘Family Mob’ and Kynan Hirschausen received the $100 Port Lincoln Arts Council Highly Commended award for ‘Port Lincoln Shark Egg’.
Merits went to Sharneil Roderick-Varcoe for ‘Strength’, Nina Edmonds for ‘Nina and Lexi’, Corey Watson for ‘Sea Lion Decline’ and Adelaide Horlin-Smith for ‘Take Me Away’.
Nautilus Arts Centre coordinator Georgina Shirley said the involvement from the local arts community this year was inspiring.
“This year we had so many local entries from the Eyre Peninsula, which adds another layer of community spirit,” she said.
Voting is open for the Adventure Bay Charters People’s Choice Award until February 16 with the winner to be announced on the same date.